Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation

In July 2019, doll enthusiast, Deborah Butler Johnson, conducted a comprehensive live presentation on Black artist dolls at the 2019 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention. The live presentation was recorded. It was so well received that the video was aired during the 2020 Virtual UFDC convention held in July 2020. Click or tap theContinue reading “Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation”

Mini Baby with Doll

Name: OOAK Polymer Clay Mini Baby with Doll Made by and When: Teresa Churcher, 2010 Material: Polymer clay head, arms, and legs; white cloth body; doll baby is made of polymer clay Marks: None Height: 7 inches and 3 inches Hair/Eyes: Glued-on synthetic black hair, black inset eyes; doll baby has molded-on polymer clay bonnet,Continue reading “Mini Baby with Doll”

Rashahn by Lorna Miller

Name: Rashahn Made by and When: Lorna Miller (Toridan), 1994 or 1996 Material: Resin head, arms, and legs; cloth body Marks: ©L/M (the L is above the M), Rashahn, Toridan; signed “Lorna Miller 9/21/94”; the 4 looks like a 6, year made might have been 1996. Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Hand-applied human hair, painted eyes,Continue reading “Rashahn by Lorna Miller”

Cally Sue and Doll

Name: Cally Sue and Doll Made by and When: Once Upon a Time by Terry Stone, 1994 Material: Head, shoulder plate, hands, and wrists are resin; the body is white leather; the arms, legs, and feet are cloth; her doll is cloth with painted facial features. Marks: Unmarked Height: 25 inches and 8 inches Hair/Eyes:Continue reading “Cally Sue and Doll”

Baby Whitney

Name: Baby Whitney Made by and When: Lomel Enterprises, Inc., 1985 Material: Vinyl with cloth body Marks: ©1985 LOMEL ENT. INC. / P.O.BOX 252 / WASH. D.C. 20013 / FIRST EDITION / BABY WHITNEY™ (on head) Height: 21 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Dark brown rooted curly hair/brown painted eyes/open-closed mouth Clothes: Dressed in original tagged Baby WhitneyContinue reading “Baby Whitney”

Leslie by Madame Alexander

Name: Leslie (Polly and Elise head sculpts) Made by and When: 1965 through early-1970s Material: Vinyl with rigid plastic body Marks: The Polly head sculpt is marked on the nape of the neck: ©ALEXANDER DOLL CO. INC. / 1965. The nape of the neck of the doll that uses the Elise head sculpt is markedContinue reading “Leslie by Madame Alexander”

Twinkie a.k.a Last Dolls Test Dolls

Name: Twinkie (black and white versions) Made by and When: Effanbee, 1968 Material: Vinyl Marks: 14 / EFFANBEE / 19©68 / 2500 (on heads); EFFANBEE / 19©68 / 2808 (on upper backs) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: The black doll has molded black hair and brown sleep eyes. The white doll has molded brown hair andContinue reading “Twinkie a.k.a Last Dolls Test Dolls”

Darling Debbie

Name: Darling Debbie Made by and When: Deluxe Reading, ca. 1958 Material: Stuffed vinyl Marks: 101 (on upper back) Height: 30 inches Hair/Eyes: Black rooted bubble cut, brown sleep eyes Clothes: Redressed in custom-made dress, shoes, and jewelry Other: Sold in grocery stores during the 1950s and 1960s, “some were dressed as bridesmaids in blue,Continue reading “Darling Debbie”

Maybelle the Walking Doll

Name: Maybelle the Walking Doll Made by and When: Advance Dolls and Toys, 1954-1955 Material: Hard Plastic Marks: Unmarked Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes: Black wig, brown sleep eyes Clothes: All original yellow Dotted Swiss dress and matching bonnet, white panties, white socks, and permanently-placed shoes that have rollers underneath Other: Maybelle, a wind-up walking doll,Continue reading “Maybelle the Walking Doll”

Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo

Name: Patty-Jo Made By/Year: Terri Lee Doll Co., 1947 Designed by: Jackie Ormes Material: Composition-type hard plastic Marks: Terri Lee Patent Pending (on doll’s back) Height: 16 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mannequin wig, painted black eyes, closed mouth with red lip color Clothing: Wears original, tagged Terri Lee red and white check sundress with matching largerContinue reading “Jackie Ormes’ 1947 Patty-Jo”